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Simple ways to save money in your kitchen

Categories: Apex, New Homes in Apex, New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: January 24, 2020

If you are like most, ways to help you save money are always tips that you are open to learning. However, did you know that you can save money right in your kitchen starting today? Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares tips on how to cut your bills straight from your kitchen.

The first way you can save money from the comfort of your kitchen, is to unplug any electronics that never fully turn off. The most common offenders in kitchens are Coffee makers and toasters. If you unplug any items like this in your kitchen after each use, you will save money on your electric bills. A little adds up over the course of months and years combined.

The next thing you can consider is what temperature you have your refrigerator set too. If you milk is icey, chances are the temperature of your refrigerator is too cold and your fridge is overworking more than it needs too. The ideal temperature for a refrigerator is between 39 and 42 degrees. This will keep the items in your fridge cool and not icey.

Another item that can contribute to hidden savings, is to skip the pre-rinse and dry cycle on your dishwasher. Drying dishes by hand takes little time to do, especially if you dry them as you unload your dishwasher. If you rise your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, the pre-rinse cycle isn’t even needed. Be sure to only run the dishwasher when it’s full, and you will save energy when combining these three things.

The next tip to implement as a part of your kitchen energy savings, is to make sure you do not routinely open your oven when you have food cooking in it. If you continually open and close the oven door while cooking, you lose a tremendous amount of heat and wasted energy. If you use your ovens self-clean cycle, it is best to run it after you have used your oven and it is still warm to save energy from having to heat back up from cold.

Lastly, when it comes time to give your kitchen a thorough cleaning, check your cabinets for household cleaning products before running to the store to buy some. A great in-kitchen option to clean your countertops is a mixture of baking soda and water. An all-natural green cleaning product that does a tremendous job on your kitchen cleaning efforts!

These simple tips can add to a lot of savings on your energy bill over time, without having to majorly change your lifestyle or habits!



Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

Tips for selling your home in the winter

Categories: New Homes in Apex | Posted: January 10, 2020

Winter is in full force and even though the holidays are over, cooler temperatures will be sticking around for a few more months before spring returns. If you have the task needing to sell your home this winter, it can seem like an uphill battle since that is often the lesser popular season for buyers to be in the market shopping for homes. However, Mattamy Homes, a premier homebuilder for new homes in Raleigh, shares tips on how you can give your home the one-up on the market this winter season.

A great welcoming peace that can set your home apart from others this winter, is to create and inviting front door. Use evergreens, spruces or winter berries to potted plants on your front porch stoop or adding a nice wreath on your front door.

Be sure people can see and focus on the beautiful entrance to your home you’ve created, by making sure your driveway and sidewalks are always cleared of any snow, if you get any. Salt the walkways to prevent any slippery spots that could be dangerous for buyers looking at the home. If you have a porch or back deck, don’t forget about those areas as well. If it is nice enough to show off and feature as a selling point, be sure to shovel it and clean it off nicely so it doesn’t get hidden by snow or ice when buyers are looking.

You can also spruce up the front of your home by adding a cheerful paint color to your front door, that can add to curb appeal as well. A welcome mat is also not only a nice touch, but will be helpful for buyers to wipe their feet off before entering your home. It is also a good idea to set both inside and outside lighting on timers, since the days will be shorter. If you have buyers looking at you home around dinner time when it is getting dark, you will want to be able to provide them with light even when you aren’t home.

Next, especially if the temperatures are cold outside be sure to set your home no cooler than 70 degrees when you will be showing it. No one wants to come in from the cold outdoors to a home that is still chilly on the inside. A warm home will keep buyers looking longer and give them a warmer feeling about your home in general.

Lastly, create cozy nooks in your home. Cozy spaces make a home feel more relaxed. So, consider adding some candles, fluffy pillows and cozy throw blankets around your fireplace or setup a reading area that feels inviting. Another creative idea that will have buyers taking special note of your house, is to create a hot chocolate station in your kitchen or wherever makes the most sense. This will not only leave buyers with a nice treat when they visit your home, but plant the seed in their head that they could setup a hot chocolate or coffee station of their own in your home for future holiday gatherings or winters to come.


These simple tips can really have your home standing out from the rest this winter season.



Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Mattamy Homes building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.